4x British Champion kitesurfer Lewis Crathern joined us at Fratton Park for the October Network Pompey Business Club networking lunch!

As well as giving a fascinating insight into his career, Lewis shared footage of his infamous kitesurf jump over Brighton Pier. As mad as it was, Lewis expressed the importance of taking the risk; during a low point of his professional career, the stunt gained worldwide media attention and as a result, helped revamp his career. In 2016, during a ‘Red Bull King of the Air’ competition, Lewis attempted to execute a routine kite loop. But the move went wrong. His kite stalled and he plummeted 20 feet into the water. He was in a coma for almost a week, with doctors initially predicting he would be in hospital for over a month. Showing his incredible resilience, fast forward just six weeks, and Lewis was back kitesurfing.

Now, in between training and competing, Lewis coaches children to inspire them through the sport. He also co-founded Europe’s biggest kitesurfing festival – ‘Kitesurfing Armada‘ – on Hayling Island.

New #NetworkPompey members were welcomed and introduced which this month included McMillan Wealth Consultants!

Announcements included:

Network My Club are collaborating with the Hampshire & Chichester Chamber of Commerce to deliver an innovative speed networking session at the newly refurbished Langstone Quays Resort! The event takes place on Tuesday 22nd October, 11.45am-2.15pm, and includes 3-way targeted speed networking, buffet lunch and a networking wall to share information. Contact the Network My Club team here to secure a place.

Tim Green from Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation spoke about the launch of their Christmas Cards, which will see all proceeds going towards helping the foundation fund awareness, educational support, and research funding programmes.

Shaun Whitmarsh, Marketing Manager at Portsmouth FC, informed attendees of availability for Pompey’s remaining league fixtures, as well as the limited tickets for Saturday’s home game against Gillingham.

Thank you to our resident photographer, Steve Phyall (ZOOMING Photography) for the excellent shots. Check out the full album of images here.

Fancy joining them next month? The November Network Pompey Business Club networking lunch takes place at Fratton Park in Portsmouth on Thursday 14th, 12.00pm-2.30pm! Find more info about that, and other Network My Club events near you here.